Irene Chapman
Irene Chapman
Birth: 9 June 1906
Twickenham, London, England, UK
Death: 18 December 2015
Fort Augustus, Highland, Scotland, UK
Age: 109 years, 192 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Irene Chapman (9 June 1906 – 18 December 2015) was a British centenarian who was the oldest living person in Scotland at the time of her death.


Irene Chapman was born on 9 June 1906 in Twickenham, London, England.

Chapman worked helping her father with his seed merchant business, and was an active member of St Stephen’s Church, in Richmond Road, where she played the organ and sang in the choir.

Chapman never married and had no driving license or passport. In 1966, she moved to Sussex, and after a holiday in Scotland in 1976 Chapman and her friends moved to Fort William.

In 2012, Chapman moved to the Telford Centre care home in Fort Augustus. Following the death of Jessie Gallan in March 2015, Chapman became the oldest living person in Scotland. On her 109th birthday later that year, she enjoyed a specially made birthday cake in the shape of a Pekingese, and credited good food, strong faith, a loving family and a sense of humour as the ingredients to a long life. Despite losing her sight in her later years, Chapman remained fiercely independent.

Chapman died on 18 December 2015 aged 109 years, 192 days. Following her death, 107-year-old Alf Smith became the oldest living person in Scotland.


Scotland's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Agnes Percy • Jean Hill • Martha Strachan • Agnes Fleming • Barbara Black • Jane Hamilton • Mary Hardie • Catherine Donald • Agnes McCandlish • Jean MacFee • Euphemia Sutherland • Jane McWilliam • Augusta Murray-Gartshore • Elspet Adan • Rachel Innes • Margaret Johnston • Margaret Geddes • Margaret Inglis • Jane McDonald • Janet Stalker • Elizabeth Barr • Mary Macduff • Catherine Lindsay • Agnes Murdoch • Helen Stuart • Rachel MacArthur • Isabella Miller • Frances Shakerley • Mary Munro • Isabella Fraser • William Kirkpatrick • Isabella MacLeod • Margaret MacLeod • Margaret Thom • Catherine Nicoll • Agnes Linklater • Mary Cross • Jane Speir • Isabella Diack • Mary Chisholm • Mary Lennox • Margaret Barnett • Margaret Baptie • Christina Preston • James Morrison • Jane Thomson • Mary Gibson • Jean Drysdale • Mina Fraser • Mary McPhee • Margaret Rutherford • Agnes Couper • Wilhelmina Reid • Mary MacMurray • Edith Ritchie • Margaret Ashby • Jane Mathie • Edith Kelly • Violet Oswald • Jessie Hardcastle • Henry Kempton • Mary Flockhart • Margaret Haxton • Kate Begbie • Ruth Dundas • Maggie Clouston • Mary Keddie • Mary Neilson • Annie Scott • Jane Cross • Jane Garry • Peggy MacLeanRita DonnJane RedpathAgnes KinnearLucy d'AbreuAnnie KnightMarjorie MacGownAlexina Calvert • Annie Turnbull • Marion Richardson • Janet Roberts • Janet Brown • Maria Lazzeri • Jessie Gallan • Irene Chapman • Alf Smith • Janet Mackay • Louisa Wilson 

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